Gold Coast woman who allegedly murdered her newborn son faces court.
UPDATE 14 Sep 4:30pm
Jodie Renee Tarnawskyj, has been charged with murder after the death of her baby son in 2014.
Jodie, 37, has been formally charged with the offence in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Wednesday, having been committed in April this year.
No trial date has been set and the matter will return to court on September 23.
In June we reported, Jodie Renee Tarnawskyj, 37, wept in the dock as the details of the case were read out in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, reports ABC NEWS.
The crown alleged she deliberately hid the pregnancy as part of a premeditated plan to kill the baby.
It is argued she either suffocated, chocked or neglected to save his life after giving birth at her Gold Coast home on June 8, 2014.
The court was told she did not call an ambulance for 17 hours after the birth.
Ambulance officers found the baby’s body on top of a washing machine after Tarnawskyj called them for a non-urgent attendance 17 hours after she gave birth.
Defence lawyer John Allen QC told the court his client “knew the baby wasn’t breathing or alive after the birth”.
Mr Allen said she did not think she was full term and thought she had some months to plan obstetric care and the delivery of the baby.
“She believes the baby was still born, that he was dead from the moment he was delivered and she checked for signs of life,” he said.
“It was only after they [her other children] were put to bed later that evening and she was able to have some time with the body of her child, which had been her intention, that she contacted the ambulance.”
Justice Burns refused bail, despite $50,000 offered by Tarnawskyj’s mother.
“Someone charged with murder … has a powerful incentive to flee,” he said.
— Nine News Gold Coast (@9NewsGoldCoast) June 8, 2016
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